Purpose: A fun simple ice-breaker to play that will help kids get to know one another.
1. In your head, divide the number of kids in the class by 2. (For our purposes we’ll say there are 30 kids in the class so divided by two equals 15).
2. Create a standing circle. Begin to your left, have each kid consecutively count off up to 15. When you reach 15, the next kid in the circle will start at 1 and continue around the circle counting up to 15 again.
3. Have each number find his/her pair (The 1s, the 2s, the 3s, the 4s, etc.). You should have 15 pairs.
[The goal of these first 3 steps is simply to randomize the pairs.]
4. Have each pair select an A and a B partner.
5. Instruct the kids that you are going to set a timer and for one minute A is going to tell B as many things about himself as possible. (School, grade, favorite subject, favorite food, favorite music, etc.)
6. Start timer and let them go.
7. Now, for one minute B is going to tell A as many things about herself as possible.
8. Star timer and let them go.
9. Gather everyone back into a circle.
10. Go around the circle; each student must say 3 things about their partner beginning with this phrase “Meet my friend…”.
For example: Meet my friend Jenny, she is in 4th grade, she loves to play Minecraft, and she has really cool shoes.
PRO TIP: Consider, after letting one minute run up, to tell the kids you’re adding an additional 30 seconds and GO! Sometimes this will force the kids to communicate more information that goes beyond just the obvious.
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